Joining Curiosity Quills for another edition of our Author Spotlight: Question & Answer Coloumn, is Darin Kennedy, author of newly released paranormal mystery novel, The Stravinsky Intrigue, which hit Amazon on February 28, 2017!

In the comments, please join us in asking Darin Kennedy anything you’d like to know about writing, his new book, and life in Charlotte, North Carolina. Or you know, just throw something completely random at him to keep him on his toes!

Who are you and where do you call home right now?

Hi! I’m Darin Kennedy, Doctor by Day, Novelist by Night. I write and practice family medicine in Charlotte, NC.

Tell us about your latest book: your inspiration for it, how you got through your most difficult challenge in writing it, and what you love about it?

My latest book is The Stravinsky Intrigue, Book II of Fugue & Fable, and sequel to The Mussorgsky Riddle. A paranormal mystery/thriller, it uses a backdrop of Stravinsky’s first three ballets to tell an exciting adventure. My biggest challenge with writing it, and the thing I enjoyed most as well, was weaving together the three disparate ballets into one cohesive story.

What are a few of your hobbies?

Besides writing??? I do love trying new restaurants, hitting the movies / theater / symphony / ballet from time to time as well.

If you had your own food truck, what would it serve?

What do you want to get better at doing, writing-wise?

Being faster and more efficient, to get more stories out of my head faster.

What TV series are you into right now and why?

Riverdale. It’s Archie Comics meets Dawson’s Creek meets Twin Peaks. It’s a ton of fun.

What movie do you quote the most?

Somewhere between The Holy Grail and Highlander, I’m guessing…

What do you collect, even a little bit? Tell us about your favorite one.

In my younger days, I collected comics quite a bit, and I still have the X-men #1 I bought about 30 years ago after saving for 3 months to put together the $37.50 needed to get it. (Price had come down from $50.)

What’s your preferred genre of book when you just want to escape?

Usually urban fantasy. Thats my PBJ of reading.

What do you like to do on vacation?

See the sights and experience wherever I’ve gone. I also love to check out bookstores in other countries. There is one street in Quebec City that has over a dozen individual book stores!

Is there another genre you’ve been itching to write in?

Believe it or not, I have an idea for a contemporary romance with comedic overlay…

What unusual object do you like to bring with you if you leave the house?

My space pen. You never know, as a doctor an author, when you might have to sign something!

If you had a champion racing pigeon, what would you name it and what would its tagline be?

I’d name it Pigeon Attack and hope that Takeo Ischi would sing a song about it!

Finally, give us one recommendation for something - movie, TV, game, food - that you enjoyed recently.

The Gladiator sushi roll at RuSan’s in Charlotte. It’s to die for. Ask Jenn Robb… ;-)

About The Stravinsky Intrigue

Nine months have passed since psychic Mira Tejedor last walked the halls of Anthony Faircloth’s adolescent mind. All but family now, Mira is relocating to Charlotte, NC, not only for a much-needed change of scenery, but to further her burgeoning relationship with Dr. Thomas Archer. On the eve of her move, however, a new threat emerges.

Young girls from every corner of Charlotte are falling catatonic, a condition eerily similar to the illness from which Mira rescued Anthony the previous fall. Mira reluctantly agrees to help Detective Calvin Sterling with the case and soon finds herself pulled into a new pair of fantasy worlds, both borne from the brilliant mind of Igor Stravinsky.

In the world of The Firebird, Mira becomes the warrior Ivanovna and battles an immortal evil threatening to steal the girls’ souls for all eternity. In the Russian fair from Petrushka, she assumes the role of Ballerina, one of three magical puppets who dance at the whim of a cruel Charlatan. Torn between Moor and Clown, bizarre doppelgangers of the two vastly different men in her life, and threatened at every turn by a sorcerer who craves her very essence, Mira must navigate the cruel deceptions of both worlds and win, or her life and the lives of a dozen innocents will be forfeit.

“Darin Kennedy has created an amazing world with an entrancing tapestry of magic and mystery set against a backdrop of beautiful music. Deep characters, rich descriptions, and enthralling characters kept me turning pages until the very end. A worthy successor to his awesome The Mussorgsky Riddle. A must-read!” - John G. Hartness - Author of The Black Knight Chronicles and the Quincy Harker series.

“In The Stravinsky Intrigue, Darin Kennedy synthesizes the intricate structures of classical music and dark melancholy of Russian folklore to create a fantastic and dangerous world filled with lost girls, terrifying dreams, vicious monsters, and a deathless wizard that only the most intrepid hero can hope to defeat. Fast moving and multilayered, this sequel to Kennedy’s first novel continues the spine-tingling adventure and will please readers of thrillers and fantasy alike.” - Misty Massey - Author of Mad Kestrel

“This rock-solid sequel to The Mussorgsky Riddle features magic, mayhem, and masterful detail along with twists that will enthrall you — Darin Kennedy wins again with his strong characters, gripping plot, and page-turning action.” - Linda Robertson - Author of the Persephone Alcmedi series and Joviennne

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